Maybe.  We all know that our passport must be set to expire more than 6 months after our scheduled return date.  You may also check with US state department to determine if you travel destination (s) require a visa.  But who among you check on immunization requirements and health risks.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the Hepatitis A vaccine when planning to travel to most destinations.  The only exceptions are Canada, Western Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia. 

As I book travel for customers, one of my first research steps is to determine health risks and recommended immunizations.  The CDC ( is the leading authority on all destinations throughout the globe. This way my clients, along with their primary care doctor, can make informed decisions about their health.

In addition to vaccine recommendations, the CDC can help you take basic precautions.  For instance, in countries where typhoid is prevalent, don’t eat from street vendors or eat unwashed fruit. Drink bottled water and omit ice in your drinks.

While you may be tempted to take your risks or stay home, obtaining the recommended vaccines can provide an added measure of protection. I took my own advice and had the first Hepatitis A vaccine, with the plan to have the second in 6 months.  Yes, it hurt and continued to be sore for about 2 days.  But it is a small price to pay to avoid the risk of infection.   

Consult with your doctor for the final word on what is best for you. Then focus on your business or personal travel plans, knowing that you have that additional protection. For more travel advice, visit me at or